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Shawn Lawlor

Shawn Lawlor

Director, Canada Wood Japan

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Shawn graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa in 1990 and later from the Asia Pacific Management Program at Capilano College in 1995. His career has spanned 15 years in international forest and building products marketing and sales with leading primary producers. Shawn joined the Canada Wood group in April 2007 to take on the role of Director, Japan Operations. He resides in Tokyo with his wife Christine and son Cole.

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Japan Housing Starts Summary for January 2018

Total housing starts dropped 13.2% to 66,358 units in January. In particular, non-wood construction fell significantly while wooden housing largely held its own. The mansion condominium starts fell 50.2%, dragging down the non-wood starts… more

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Japan Economic Update

Japan has been experiencing the longest period of uninterrupted growth since the 1980s, however, recent indicators possibly point to some rough sailing ahead. Exports have posted 15 consecutive months of growth, registering a 1.8% gain in… more

Japan Housing Starts 2017 Year End Review

Considering that only a few years ago Japanese economists had previously expected housing starts to fall to the 800,000 mark by 2017, last year’s results of 964,041 units were indicative of continued building sector strength. The 2017… more

Promoting 2×4 Midrise in Japan

On January 23rd Canada Wood’s Shawn Lawlor was invited to deliver a presentation on PFC Midrise construction trends in Canada as part of a symposium for architects and builders. The symposium was sponsored by Hasebe Corporation, a… more

Japan Economic Update: What’s Not to Like?

A series of positive economic indicators are boosting Japan’s prospects for prosperous 2018. With the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe government now at its five-year mark, Japan is currently in its second longest growth phase since the end of… more